Yeah yeah yeah, Girl I wanna, yeah yeah yeah…
|Here are N.Y. style production houses. Its great on the out side but there is noting inside. We shot one of the scenes here. You might recognize it when the video comes out. This is the only picture of the set I was able to take all day.|
I thought in my mind maybe I was going to be featured or get some type of bump. A bump is an instant or maybe random pay increase. For example, if a person is asked to smoke a cigarette, they would get a cigarette bump. I learned that from a guy who heard my name and approached me by saying, “Are you from Detroit?” I’m use to that my now. Moreover, nothing special took place with me because of my hair. I can say this much, the assistant director who called my name certainly didn’t forget it. He addressed me by name at least 3 or 4 times throughout the day.
As I patiently waited for our first scene I observed all the different kinds of people there. There was a variety of colors, shapes, ages and sizes present. At first a few people had on their mean mugging face but it was probably because it was so early in the morning. By the end of the day everyone seemed to lighten up. Food was available through the entire day and there was always plenty of water to keep ourselves hydrated. At first they didn’t tell us we could eat but when I saw people with food, I made myself at home. Some of the rookies stood by watching and asking amongst themselves, “Can we eat?” That’s one area I don’t need direction for. If I see food and I’m hungry I’m going to eat.
While still waiting for the first scene I noticed an energetic group walking by. Then right front and center was Chris Brown. I wasn’t star struck but it’s one of those moments when you can hear your voice in your head loud and clear. One moment there is no voice and then another moment the voice is saying, “Oh, that’s Chris Brown.” He walked right on by and wasted no time working on his dance scenes. Every time I saw Chris for the rest of the day he was playful and happy. Not playful in an immature way but playful in a "life is good" way. He was generally always smiling, happy going and full of energy. He took time out to talk and play with the little kids more than anybody else. Each time I saw him, that voice in my head kept saying, “Man! I need some of that Chris Brown money. I want to play with the kids too.”
Finally, we were assigned our first scene. We had to basically follow Chris Brown around the block during his chorus. At the same time we had to be full of energy. The assistant directors always wanted more and more energy. So of course we did the scene over and over. That process is expected when a video is being shot. They would say things like, “that was good but this time I need 110%." They later revealed no matter how hard you try we'll never reach their version of 110% and we should keep trying either way. I love the way the assistant directors interacted with the talent. They were comical, fun and about business. I think they did a great job.
As I’m looking at everything that’s going...the lights, cameras, jibs, trucks, wires, props, building structure and all the immaculate detail. For the first time I’m realizing why the reporter from the St. Pete Times, Eric Diggens said I was crazy for launching a late night talk show in Tampa. During the first quarter of this year my mind was set to transform Tampa Bay's economy and compete with L.A. and N.Y. in the late night entertainment arena. After this one experience, I realized how crazy I really am. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe anything is possible but it will take a few light years or at least a century for Tampa to get close this market. At the same time it made me realized the capacity of how big my mind can think. What I set forth to do with The Motown Maurice Show earlier this year I very much accomplished it. The revitalization of Tampa’s market on the other hand would take significant change and the effort of thousands of people in 1 accord. That may or may not be possible, simply because Florida was founded as a state of sunshine and retirement. Those are the reasons many people come to Florida and its foundation doesn’t allow it to be a prime place of entertainment.
In addition to that it rains too much in Florida for these types of productions. Early in the morning before my first scene it drizzled for maybe 3 mins. Some people around me seemed shocked, surprised and ran for cover as if the rain was going to make them melt. Floridians walk through the rain like its wind. The song by Toni Tony Tone, “It Never Rains in Southern California” is the truth. I’m learning that everyday from people around here. It really doesn’t rain much here. I heard most of the rain might come in February or March but that’s it. To me this makes complete sense why a lot of these productions wouldn’t work in Florida. Many of them would get rained out. Rain or shine I have a lot of unfinished business in Tampa. I’ll be back and we’ll see Tampa’s response to me then.
During each shoot I used the maximum amount of my energy. It’s the first time in a long time I used so much energy. For the past 8 or more years if I was involved in a production I had to wear multiple hats. If I was in front of the camera I was also writing, directing and involved in the post production. Wearing so many hats can hinder a person’s full performance potential. Fortunately, my focus was to perform and I’m looking forward to it being that way for a while. As we are all running, jumping and dancing I would say maybe 10% of me was trying to get noticed and the other 90% was genuinely an idiot. Yes, I was forming the fool out there. I’m not a dancer but I took it to the bridge many times and with a handful of other moves I can’t describe nor remember.
It felt good releasing that side of me I haven’t seen in years. Those of you who have known me in Tampa over the years have known a mostly serious side of me. Owning and operating my business made me very serious. I’m still serious when it comes down to business but when I hear the word “action” I can let loose now more than ever before. In my opinion I had one of the highest energy levels out there. However, there is no telling if I’m even going to be seen on the video. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see a glimpse of my high top at the least.
We shot about 5 different scenes and between the breaks and all the retakes it lasted for about 11 hours. By the 2nd scene I memorized all the words to the song. Check out the song Yeah x3 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlhhSH1p4Jc
Once the music video premieres I’ll be sure to post it ASAP. There is no telling how long it’s going to take to complete. I’m sure the budget and record company has a lot to do with it. After the last scene the assistant director told us he was proud and we’re free to go home. We all clapped it up and made our way to cash out. For such a long day everyone maintained great energy.
After I received my payment I noticed Chris Brown near a group of people signing autographs and taking pictures. Now, before I continue I’m going to retract something I said on day 6 about taking pictures with celebrities. I said I don’t plan to take pictures with celebrities because I don’t want to represent myself as a groupie. I’m retracting that statement because my comrade Scott made a comment on that post in which I thought was very valid. Scott wrote, “Something to think about, more pictures with big names now, might help get you noticed more…” Following that comment my good friend Wilnar verified his point. As a result, I decided to loosen up and try taking pictures with celebrities again. Thinking back to how I was thinking on day 6 was more of my observation mode than anything else. I’ve observed enough and now I’m ready to interact and make connects.
Truly, it really don’t matter if celebrities think you’re a groupie or not. They won’t talk business with you in a random place anyway. I approached Chris Brown and he noticed my camera and asked one of his partners to take a picture of us. It was easier than I thought. I waited a few minutes and approached him again. I said, “Chris tight work in that running scene,” (I was referring to the movie Takers) then I started to present one of my bookmarks/business cards and he immediately cut me off, pointed in another direction and said “give it to him.” He had no clue what I was talking about but he differently wasn’t taking any type of promotional material from anyone. I believe I’ve been in a similar situation with another known person before and I completely respect their system. So instead, I gave it to his associates. He was a big, tall, body guard looking guy. As I gave it to him I said something like, “It’s for my talk show, I’m going to invite Chris when I have it up and running again (something like that.)” I was walking away at the same time but the guy looked back at me and said, “Hey, this is a nice business card you have here.” I replied and said, “Thanks, it’s for my late night talk show.”
So far I think I have been received very well in this state. I’m sure my marketing material, cool name, high top fade and my personality has a lot to do with it. As I meet people and give out my fliers it’s for the main purpose of getting people familiar with my name/face. If Chris Brown even gets a chance to glance at my card then I can say mission accomplished for now. As I said before, everything will come around full circle.
|In due time Chris Brown will meet Motown Maurice again. Next time will be under different circumstances.|
|Dynysty & Motown Maurice at the end of the shoot.|
I also meet a cool guy named Flawless. He has his own hip hop radio show and has interviewed a handful of big named celebrities. I’m not a hip hop expert but I’m always down for an interview (cough, cough!). We had fun during one of the scenes by improving a slap boxing scene that evolved into a scene of brotherly love. He strikes me as a person I might have known for years. Between one of our breaks we also had a great conversation about Tupac, secret societies and people dying for the sacrifice of others.
|Motown Maurice & Flawless after the shoot.|
Yeah X3 (Chris Brown) Related:
They gave me the impression as if I got the part but of course a call is still pending. They did say I should be expecting a call this week. What I liked the most is they recognized my dedication. Just imagine how tired I was after the Chris Brown shoot and without any advance notice I get a call and I made it happen.